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Ben Tankard

He's been called "the Quincy Jones of Gospel," and besides being one of the best-selling instrumentalists in Christian music, keyboard player Ben Tankard has justified his tag, producing many stellar gospel projects as well as serving as an executive vice-president at Tribute Records, for which he has recorded extensively. Born in Florida to a minister father and a missionary mother, he began playing drums in church at the age of three. He later graduated to tuba and was offered several music scholarships to college, though he eventually accepted a basketball scholarship instead.

Tankard endured a rough period of depression and homelessness when a knee injury prevented him from turning professional (though he was drafted by the NBA). A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, and almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboard/organ player. Tankard began his witness in song with 1990's Keynote Speaker, recorded for Tribute. He continued recording and soon moved into production and arranging as well, calling on his reserves of early musical training to provide impeccable jobs for Yolanda Adams, the Alabama State Mass Choir, and Michael Bruce. His albums were often light jazz works, offering soothing, reflective gospel instrumentals that were similar to mainstream efforts from George Benson and Kenny G. In addition to his numerous solo albums, Tankard has earned a plethora of Gold and Platinum records via his production work, collaborating with a host of Grammy-winning artists including Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, John P. Kee, Shirley Murdock, Twinkie Clark, and Gerald Albright. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous

1. Remember Wayman

2. Like The Dew (Feat. Gerald Albright)

3. CanTANKerous (Feat. Paul Taylor)

4. Goodness Gracious (Feat. Take-6)

5. There Is A Quiet Place (Feat. Cord Martin)

6. Happy Strut

7. B-Tankful (Feat. Phil Hugley)

8. I'll Be Missing You

9. Love Boat (Feat. Cord Martin)

10. Breathe (Feat. Phil Hugley)

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Track List: Full Tank

1. Sunday Vibes

2. Black Butterfly

3. Full Tank

4. If I Only Had A Brain (Renewed Mind)

5. Spa Treatment

6. Smooth Wife: Smooth Life

7. The Blessing

8. I Ain't Blue

9. Something About That Name

10. Higher Groove

11. I Sing Praises

12. Morning Prayer

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Track List: Mercy Mercy Mercy

1. Introduction Ben Tankard

2. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Live)

3. Heavenly Vibes

4. No Ordinary Love

5. How Great Is Our God

6. My Lips Shall Utter Praises

7. Stirred Not Shaken

8. Hold On, Keep Strong

9. Best Of My Love

10. Reprise: Mercy Mercy Mercy

11. Spend Some Time

12. Love Notes From The Piano

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Track List: My Lips Shall Utter Praises (Single)

1. My Lips Shall Utter Praises

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Track List: Let's Get Quiet: The Smooth Jazz Experience

1. Let's Get Quiet (Shh)

2. Before I Let Go

3. Remain Calm

4. Everything's Gonna Be Alright

5. Lake Cabin

6. Week-End Forecast

7. Remind Me

8. Night Flight

9. Slow Jam W.B.E.N.

10. Let's Get Quiet (Shh) (Instrumental Version)

11. I Come To The Garden Alone

12. Close Your Eyes

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Track List: Best Of

1. Don't Stop (Feat. Fred Hammond & RFC)

2. You Bring Out The Best In Me (Feat. Yolanda Adams)

3. Be With You

4. You Will Know (Feat. Mark Kibble & Joey Kibble) (Edit)

5. Livin' 4 U (Feat. Tribe Of Benjamin)

6. Git Yo Prayze On! (Feat. Tribe Of Benjamin)

7. Eden (Edit)

8. Song Of Solomon

9. Spend Some Time With Me (Feat. Tribe Of Benjamin)

10. A Guitar For Christmas

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Track List: Piano Prophet

1. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

2. Piano Prophet

3. Touch And Agree

4. Jesus Is Love

5. Positive Change

6. Head To The Sky

7. Lil' Ole Church

8. Keepmovinon

9. Bible Keys

10. Jesus Is Love (Instrumental)

11. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (Instrumental)

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Track List: Play A Lil' Song For Me

1. Play A Lil' Song 4 Me (Feat. Harvey Watkins, Jr. And The Canton Spirituals)

2. The Altar

3. What The World Needs Now

4. Dance In Advance

5. One Hundred Ways

6. Ben's Coffee House (Feat. Tim Bowman)

7. Overjoyed

8. Did You Know?

9. Play A Lil' Song 4 Me (Feat. Harvey Watkins Jr. & The Canton Spirituals) (Instrumental)

10. Don't Worry (Feat. Cassandra Robertson)

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Track List: Song Of Solomon

1. Song Of Solomon

2. Ribbon In The Sky

3. Always On My Mind

4. Smile 4 Me (My Love)

5. Allaboutluv (Interlude)

6. Keyed N-2-U

7. Shi-Ly-Ku

8. Special One

9. Thou Art Fair (Jewel's Song)

10. Minstrel Of Romance

11. New Start (Interlude)

12. No Words Necessary

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Track List: The Minstrel

1. Eden

2. U Belong To Me

3. 911 Emergency

4. I Believe You Love Me Now

5. The Minstrel

6. 911 Emergency / Reprise

7. Sunday Breeze

8. You Are Everything

9. Take This

10. Song Of Healing

11. Church Skate Night

12. See You Again

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Track List: Sunday Driving

1. Sunday Drive

2. All Keyed Up

3. Be With You

4. Keys To Life

5. Sunrise

6. Melodic Heaven

7. What Is This

8. Keynote Speaker

9. Showers Of Peace

10. Love Makes Me An Instrument

11. Praise Medley:

12. Going Up Yonder

13. Worthy

14. Angels We Have Heard On High

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Track List: Instrumentally Yours

1. Kume-Bi-Yah

2. Midnight Musical

3. You Will Know (Feat. Mark Kibble & Joey Kibble) (Edit)

4. Instrumentally Yours

5. When We Met

6. Legit

7. Don't Stop (Feat. Fred Hammond & RFC)

8. Welcome To This Place

9. God Will Take Care Of You

10. You Are Flesh Of My Flesh

11. Song For The Heart

12. A Quiet Place

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Track List: All Keyed Up

1. All Keyed Up

2. Sunday Drive

3. What Is This

4. Church Out!

5. El Shaddai

6. On My Own

7. Melodic Heaven

8. My Soul

9. Let This Love Live

10. Eden Celebration

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AMEN!!! Jesus is Love....for the life of me...I will never understand how people use the name of Jesus to do hateful, evil things to other people...tot a l l y beyond my level of understandin g . Jehovah help your children!! SAVE US!! in Jesus name I pray, AMEN!!!
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I only have one question? When is your next album coming out. Beautiful music. Craig Roach from Ohio.
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Right on Time��
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Ben my name is Marvin Donalson born in New Jersey December 23 1952 traveled the country seeking my dream until Gamble and Huff explained to me I had to sell my soul to make it. They had McFadden and Whitehead at the time charting. My partner and I bolted. I'm a seeker and don't expect too many people to know what that is. Seen the world bottom to top in all but my music. Gifted writer and coast to coast in many bands. After giving up last year I have come to believe my purpose was to seek the tr
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WOW!! I am just getting the name right in my head that this is the Ben Tankard that had a Reality TV show which I loved. That piece You Remind Me is so smooth by Mr. Tankard, I was amazed by his jazz talent even though he started out as a gospel musician. In other words I Love his sound. WOW! Peace & Blessings!!
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tonymangol1
We've seen Ben several times, his music is fantastic. He will always take time to talk to you and take pictures with you. He is truly genuine. Thanks Ben!
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ebouler3
Charlotte nc,,,!!! Dats my hometown, mj!! Glad 2c fellow jazz lovers on da 1 !! Yeah Ben.., cummon down, @ least u no u got 2 supporters!!
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Ben please come to Charlotte NC sometime
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Happified soul
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Yes Jesus yez
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I fell in love with Mr Tankard the very first time I heard him.
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Ben, is awesome....h i s music is out of this world.
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My first time hereing him play,and he played One of my favorite how gReat is your GOD. LOVED GOING 2 BUY IT
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I love you because you put your heart and soul in playin your keyboard. Niccce!!!
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Saw Ben Tankard this past weekend at the Steel City Jazz Festival
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Oh my, I love this song!!!
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Jesus is Love.....
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bllynch17
Excellent musician AND a man of God!
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Awesome, powerful music! Thank you!
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Love this. ..had NO clue Mr. TANKER got down like that....AWES O M E !
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OMG! I've been watching you're family show, and I said let me look up Ben Tankard, your music IS AWESOME! THANK YOU! I LOVE JAZZ,YOU PUT A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON IT.
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Keep on, my man good work, hope to see u soon in New York.
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myfirstlove5 6
The very first time I heard your music when I bought the Sunday Drive and I begin listening it. It bless me. I have always been a jazz lover and than came Ben with Gospel. Gospel Jazz they go together. I thank God for you. I been a musician since the age of 10. I started playing drums at Southside COGIC at the age of 10 that's when I introduce to the Holy Spirit my first love. I know what its like to get lost in playing to the Master. Keep doing what you doing for CHRIST!!!
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Love this music GOD BLESS YOU AMEN
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I have always loved Ben Tankard! Great soothing music for the mind,body,an d soul!
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lonslandinc
Ben and his music sure has got me through some tough and rough patches in my life may God bless him and his family of
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BLESS YOU&YOUR FAMILY..MAY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CONTINUE TO USE YOU TO SPREAD HIS WORDS...CONT I N U E YOUR MISSION...MU C H LOVE
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Love his Full Tank 2.0 CD!
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Hello Noonie I'm glad you and many more. Listeners enjoy music that i know I'm not doing nothing I'n vain
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Ben is good
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Jesus YOU are AWESOME !
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Tasteful tunes, love his music....
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MY FAVORITE GOSPEL JAZZ ARTIST, EVER!!!
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Yes this is very smooth and I love it
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GOD IS GREAT!
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Don't read this it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life, however if you don't post you will die in 2 days. Now that you started reading this don't stop! Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in Big Letters on your screen. This is so scary cause it actually works!!!
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The perfect meditation music!!
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GOOD OLE Shirley Murddock my fav voice ,,, and the reason I love music
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You are truly talented & blessed my the Lord! LOVE YOUR MISUC!
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I have his Full Tank 2.0. Very classic and very spiritual!
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misstrinity7 9
My favorite music is smooth jazz, because It's joyful and peace.
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May the Holy Father bless you and your family 7x more than you have blessed me through your music!
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Nice smooth and melodic jazzy tones.
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Smith as eva loves his flow
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Beautiful song, yesss! I love Ben Tankard, keep doing what you are doing because God is blessing you ever so beautifully. The power of the All Almighty is magnificent!
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Your music takes my mind to another world. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Never stop the love.
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cohara291
Yes its Shirley Murdock
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I've been a Tank fan since the late '90s. Just trying to figure out the vocalist in this track
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Love the show!
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ephesian5271 1 @ g m a i l . c o m
I've been listening to Pandora Music, and ever since I heard Ben Tankard, no matter waht song comes on that he's doing I mark "I Like It". God bless
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